English 4113 – Class 14 – 17th-century Barbados Laws

Edinburgh architecture and profits from slavery; Walter Benjamin and ‘documents of barbarism’; definitions of race from Geraldine Heng and Ruth Wilson Gilmore; Max Weber (W-E-B-E-R, not W-A-B-E-R!!) on “legitimated violence”; and finally the Barbados laws, which essentially outlaw violence between slavers and *require* violence by property owners against enslaved Black people, in a key birthplace of modern racial regime.

Apologies for slightly choppy video and street noise.